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Hotchkis connectors and Max-Trax bars don't mix

I was just getting ready to install my hotchkis frame connectors and quickly noticed that the bolts for the bar brackets are in the way. i see no way to make them work. Anyone else run into this?
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Re: Hotchkis connectors & caltrac style bars don't mix

Not sure what connectors I have but no issues here...


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Re: Hotchkis connectors & caltrac style bars don't mix

Doug i haven't installed my Hotchkis frame connectors yet, but i have held them up in place and they clear every thing. Also you can still take out the CalTrac bars/Hotchkis leafs even after the Hotchkis frame connectors are welded/bolted in place.

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Re: Hotchkis connectors & caltrac style bars don't mix

Skip. Thanks for the reply. Can you do me a favor? Can you please go and test fit the connector again? I circled two areas that are going to effect my bars from fitting. I should mention that i have Max-Trax bars on my car, not cal trac. They are very similar to the cal trac but have more pieces up front where they atatch to the front eye of the spring.(this may be where mine will not fit and the cal trac does) I would appreciate it if you could check your fit again. Thanks
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Re: Hotchkis connectors & caltrac style bars don't mix

I did a search on the forum and this is what i need, global west s/f connectors. It's a picture of Mike M's car from this site. See how they go around the area that the front spring eye pocket is?
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Not sure what connectors I have but no issues here...

Doug. See how you had to grind the upper load bolt to get it to fit the front spring pocket? That's where the hotchkis connectors weld in, but on the inside. I see no way for them to fit with these type of bars?

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Re: Hotchkis connectors & caltrac style bars don't mix

Thanks Skip. My bars are slightly different. If you ever have to move the bar up to the top hole though, it looks like it may be a problem?

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Thanks Skip. My bars are slightly different. If you ever have to move the bar up to the top hole though, it looks like it may be a problem?

http://www.smithracecraft.com/maxtrax/max-trax.html[/url]
I'm back... Doug when i had first dry fit the caltrac bars, they were in the top hole and they still cleared everything even my 1/2 SS fuel line.

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I'm back... Doug when i had first dry fit the caltrac bars, they were in the top hole and they still cleared everything even my 1/2 SS fuel line.
I guess it's just my racecraft bars then. The bolt that holds the load carrier is directly in the way. If anyone wants the Hotchkis s/f connectors take a look in the classifieds.
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Re: Hotchkis connectors & caltrac style bars don't mix

I didn't realize that the Hotchkis bars were that different.

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Re: Hotchkis connectors & caltrac style bars don't mix

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I did a search on the forum and this is what i need, global west s/f connectors. It's a picture of Mike M's car from this site. See how they go around the area that the front spring eye pocket is?
Ha... while I was scrolling down skimming the thread I thought that pic looked familiar! If I were buying subframe connectors now I'd be getting the hotchkis ones, they tuck up nicer and generally look better. If my global west connectors weren't welded in I'd offer to trade you, but it would be rather difficult to get them out at this point.

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Ha... while I was scrolling down skimming the thread I thought that pic looked familiar! If I were buying subframe connectors now I'd be getting the hotchkis ones, they tuck up nicer and generally look better. If my global west connectors weren't welded in I'd offer to trade you, but it would be rather difficult to get them out at this point.
Mike. Do you have any pictures from the side that would show the gw connectors on your car. I want to use the Hotchkis ones, but they will not work with my traction device. Thanks
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Re: Hotchkis connectors & caltrac style bars don't mix

I checked through the pics I've got on photobucket, there's a few from the side but you can't really see the subframe connectors. I'll try to take some pics for you tonight. They don't hang down too badly, but the Hotchkis just seem to tuck up nicer to me. Back when I bought the GW's the Hotchkis ones hadn't come out yet.

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I checked through the pics I've got on photobucket, there's a few from the side but you can't really see the subframe connectors. I'll try to take some pics for you tonight. They don't hang down too badly, but the Hotchkis just seem to tuck up nicer to me. Back when I bought the GW's the Hotchkis ones hadn't come out yet.
Thanks Mike for taking some more pictures. Much appreciated!
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